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Policy Specialist (Knowledge Management) – IPSA 11 – UNDP jobs in the USA

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Opportunity Deadline

13/03/2024

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Policy Specialist (Knowledge Management) – IPSA 11 – UNDP jobs in the USA

Policy Specialist (Knowledge Management) – IPSA 11 is a UN job at the organization of UNDP in New York City, USA. Both males and females can apply for this job. Both males and females can apply for this job. The grade of this job is Mid level – IPSA-11, International Personnel Services Agreement and its occupational group is Political Affairs
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  • Location: New York City, USA
  • Vacancy No: N/A 
  • Salary: N/A 
  • Organization: UNDP
  • Gender: Both
  • Deadline:  2024-03-13

Job Description

Background
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP:  we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Office/Unit/Project Description 

UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices, advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government, and civil society dialogues, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.

BPPS’s Hubs on Nature, Climate, Energy and Waste, with the support of the Vertical Fund Programme Support, Oversight and Compliance Unit, works with governments, civil society, and private sector partners to integrate nature, climate, energy and waste related concerns into national and sector planning and inclusive growth policies, support country obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and oversee the implementation of the UN’s largest portfolio of in-country programming nature, climate change, energy and waste.

The newly established UNDP Climate Hub is the arrowhead of UNDP’s commitment to the “Climate Promise” that aims to support programming countries designing and implementing pledges under the Paris Agreement, including ambitious National Determined Contributions, with climate change mitigation and adaptation interventions fully embedded in the national development planning and budgetary processes. The Climate Hub will build on UNDP’s existing over USD 4 billion country-level climate portfolio on Climate Change Policies and Strategies, Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Change Mitigation, Climate and Forests, covering over 142 countries, as well as on UNDP’s Nature portfolio, UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub, UNDP’s Digital offer and other relevant portfolios on youth, gender, health, climate security among others.

The UNDP Climate Hub is responsible for:

  • Thought leadership on Climate and to be the custodian of UNDP policy positions on Climate;
  • Strategy and vision formulation;
  • Pipeline development in coordination with the other hubs and the Vertical Fund Programme Support, Oversight and Compliance Unit;
  • Provision of integrated policy and programme support to Country Offices;
  • Global engagement, advocacy in collaboration with BERA;
  • Integration across thematic areas;
  • Strategic Partnerships development and resource mobilization;
  • Lead and Support global flagship initiatives and partnerships on Climate;
  • Serve as focal point with relevant UN coordination mechanisms and Conventions (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change);
  • Cross-organization knowledge and learning; and
  • Innovation.
4.      Institutional Arrangement

 

The Policy Specialist (Knowledge Management) will report directly to the Global Knowledge Management and Learning Specialist. S/he will be part of the larger Climate Strategies and Policy team.

 

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support implementation of CPST knowledge management strategy, including quality assurance of CPST knowledge and communications products: 
    • Provide guidance and support to CSPT technical staff on development of knowledge products;
    • Support strategic planning and quality assurance of CSPT knowledge product pipeline and outputs;
    • Update knowledge management SOPs, as required;
    • Support quality assurance and technical review of CSPT communications pipeline;
    • Ensure alignment of knowledge products with CPST and UNDP corporate knowledge strategies and UNDP’s strategic plan

 

  • Leverage the breadth and expertise of UNDP to demonstrate the power of the Climate Promise:
    • Support analysis of trends, scenarios, and emerging challenges related to NDC ambition and implementation, including lasting inclusivity;
    • Advance UNDP’s global thought leadership and contribution to global policy debates through coordination/leadership of world-class thought leadership products and reports;
    • Undertake analysis of Climate Promsie results and portfolio to identify emerging trends and codify good practices;
    • Engage in ongoing codification of thought leadership process through blogs, briefs, webinars, and other relevant knowledge products;
    • Draft, review and provide feedback to evidence-based research;
    • Liaise with, and foster, cross-cutting knowledge generation, across the GPN.

 

  • Research internal and external environment for relevant knowledge content:
    • Research trends, scenarios, and emerging challenges related to NDC ambition and implementation, including lasting inclusivity;
    • Research and disseminate new information, analysis, and policy recommendations related to the nexus of climate and development issues, in the context of Agenda 2030.

 

The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organisation

 

Competencies

 

Core       
Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 4: Create systems and processes that enable learning and development for all
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
Act with Determination:  LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 4: Create ethical culture,    identify/address barriers to inclusion

 

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies) 

Thematic Area Name Definition
Programme and policies Climate Understanding of climate change policies: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
Programme and policies Climate Understanding of international climate regime and application
Business Development Knowledge generation Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need
Business Direction and Strategy Strategic Thinking Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities, linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions.
Digital & Innovation Data analysis Ability to extract, analyse and visualize data (including Real-Time Data) to form meaningful insights and aid effective decision making
Business Management Communications

 

Ability to position a UNDP brand and uphold it to a high level of quality.

 

Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.

 

Required Skills and Experience
Min. Education requirements A minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent in either Public/Business Administration, International Development, Environmental Sciences, Knowledge Management and/or related fields, or a bachelor’s degree in the aforementioned fields with additional 2 years of experience is required.

 

Min. years of relevant work experience  A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible work experience in research, knowledge management, or policy design in an international development context
Required skills 
  • Demonstrated experience in assessing NDCs, LTS, and other climate policy instruments across a range of characteristics and development contexts;
  • Experience with data management, learning, and/or KM or online community platforms;
  • Demonstrated research and analytic skills;
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools.

 

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Self-motivated, with ability to work with minimum supervision on tight deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of teams and partners.
Required Language(s)  Excellent oral and written skills in English.

Fluency in another UN language is an asset.

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Disclaimer
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.
UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.
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UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
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